The Mayor of Zebbug (Malta), Alfred Grixiti, explains in a video interview conducted by Efus the challenges that his town is facing due to the recent surge in the inflow of migrants. The interview was realised shortly after the Executive Committee that took place in Nantes (France) in October 2011, which was attended by Mr Grixiti.
He says that his city joined Efus in order to exchange experience with other European cities on the issue of immigration, and to press European institutions for support. He adds his town and Malta as a whole are confronted to an unmanageable inflow of migrants, in particular because Malta is a small island-State with a population of only 400,000.
The issue of migratory inflows at the southern border of the European Union has raised concern among a certain number of Efus member-cities, and has led Efus to issue, in February 2011, a resolution that called European institutions to intervene.
Following Mr Grixiti’s invitation, Efus will hold its Executive Committee in Zebbug on 7, 8 and 9 March, 2012, and will meet various officials of Malta’s government as well as opposition leaders to discuss the issue of migrants, in particular the Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi. They will also visit a refugee camp.